Monday, February 28, 2011

I Am Number Four



I Am Number Four


Series: Lorien Legacies, #1
Author: Pittacus Lore (Pseudonym)
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA Science Fiction
Publication Date: August 3, 2010

Overall Rating: 3.75/5 (I really couldn't decide.)
Cover Rating: 3.5/5
Cover Comments: The cover actually looks pretty cool. That picture isn't very flattering, but on the actual book it's raised and everything, so it's much better looking. I like the fire colors used on this; it definitely catches your eye.



Of course, a lot of people have heard of this book - or at least the movie - by now. I'm a read-book-see-movie type person. I have to read the book, then see the movie. 


John Smith is not your average school boy. His name may sound like it, but really it's not. It's one of about twenty other names he's had. He's normally just known as "Four." John is an alien from planet Lorien, which was exploited by the Mogadorians. The entire planet was pretty much destroyed, and there was barely enough time for nine of the alien children and their guardians to escape. These children had a charm placed on them so that they had to be killed in numerical order, unless two or more of them somehow meet up. Three have been killed so far, and now Number Four, John is next. These nine children are the only ones that can keep the Mogadorians from coming and destroying Earth, too. It's their job to save themselves and Earth, and eventually return back to Lorien.


After running his entire life, John has found himself happy in a small town in Ohio, where he's met a beautiful girl and even made a friend. It's not soon after, though, that the Mogadorians seem to be on their trail again. John has to choose between what he believes is love, or duty in protecting the country he never really knew.


This book is one of the most action-packed I've read all year. John is a likable character. He's funny, smart, athletic, and he loves his guardian, Henri, and his dog, Bernie Kosar. (Speaking of Bernie Kosar: most favorite character in the book) Each scene was well-written and dramatic. There were light moments, and heavy, dark moments. It was also full of some surprises, although some may have been more surprising to John than to the reader. 


This book is definitely an attention grabber. The entire concept of the book is very interesting and I can't wait for August 2011 when The Power of Six comes out, because I thoroughly enjoyed the romance, adventure, and humor, and so will any fiction lover. 


Personal Thoughts (What I thought as a teen reader, not a reviewer)
I read this book with absolutely no biased thoughts from earlier reviews or mentions of this book. There are certainly controversies about it, but really, just read it. Don't judge a book until you've actually read it. There were some moments when Sarah and John's romance seemed a little cheesy... or it wasn't well-developed enough. I think the movie adaptation of this book will focus a lot of the romance between the two, but I don't think the romance in the book really stood out to me as much. I know it's a huge role in the book, I just don't like the way their romance was written. Also, I really don't get how the protective charm was protective. I mean, if I were Number One, I would freak. Another part is the Mogadorians. Yeah. Those guys successfully creeped me out. I was reading this at one o'clock in the morning with nothing but a little lamp. Very scary. But then again, I'm just easily frightened. But it all adds to the intensity of the book, which this one certainly has a lot of. 


First Line:
"The door starts shaking."


Goodreads Synopsis:
In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now. 

The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next. 

I AM NUMBER FOUR is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth. 

I AM NUMBER FOUR. 
I AM NEXT.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (8)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.
I love being a part of this and I hope you do too!  As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. There's also a contest involved! Just go to the host blog, Book Journey, to get the details.
Read:
Blue Moon (The Immortals, #2)
The Immortals, #2
By Alyson Noel
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1)
Lorien Legacies, #1
By Pittacus Lore
Sword Play (The Seer, #4)
The Seer, #4
By Linda Joy Singleton
Currently Reading:
Faustine (Bonfire Chronicles, #1)
Faustine (ARC)
Bonfire Chronicles, #1
By Imogen Rose
Fatal Charm (The Seer, #5)
The Seer, #5
By Linda Joy Singleton
Planning to Read:
Vampire Rising (Alex Van Helsing, #1)
Alex Van Helsing, #1
By Jason Henderson
Fallen (Fallen, #1)
Fallen, #1
By Lauren Kate
Please comment and share what you read/are reading/plan to read! I would love to check out your blog! :)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Blue Moon


Blue Moon (The Immortals, #2)
Blue Moon

Series: The Immortals, #2
Author: Alyson Noël
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: July 7, 2009
Source: Library
Overall Rating: 3/5
Cover Rating: 4/5
Cover Comments: I love this cover even more than the first! Love the color, and the pretty shimmery sphere in the middle. Anything that sparkles has appeal.




Ever and Damen's relationship seems to be going perfectly... until Damen starts getting sick. But wait, Immortals are... immortal. They're not supposed to get sick, ever. Everything seems to start spiraling the wrong way... Haven and Miles are distancing, the walls between school cliques are crumbling, uniting everybody, and Damen is not only sick, but has forgotten who Ever is. This all seems to be connected to one guy: Roman. Roman is a luring, hot, and cunning character who seems to be open and cheery on the outside, but Ever has a gut feeling that there is something very, very wrong about him. She just can't figure out what.


Ever goes to Ava, another psychic, for answers. She's not Immortal, and doesn't know the truth about Ever and Damen. Ever and Ava go to Summerland, the magical world that's a paradise for Ever. There she seeks answers from the Great Halls of Learning, but most of the time they're cryptic messages.


While Ever believed she had all the time in the world with Damen, she is now racing against time to find a cure to save her soul mate, but he's wasting away so quickly, there may be only one solution: to go back in time and keep everything from happening.


Ever seems much more mature in this one, having to deal with the evil-doings of others and her own mistakes. She has to make a huge decision which will literally change the entire course of her life. The ending left me at a cliffhanger, so I went out and checked out Shadowland the next morning!


Personal Thoughts (What I thought as a teen reader, not a reviewer)
I didn't like this book as much as I liked this first. Probably because I just hated the thought of Damen leaving Ever. I hate it when that happens! It always seems to happen at least once in a series of books, and it always bothers me, no matter how much I love the rest of the books. Really... is it necessary for soul mates to fall apart? Just sayin'. Or maybe I didn't like this one as much because those twin sisters really creeped me out.


First Line:
"'Close your eyes and picture it. Can you see it?'"


Goodreads Synopsis:

Eager to learn everything she can about her new abilities as an Immortal, Ever turns to her beloved Damen to show her the way. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen’s are waning.  In an attempt to save him, Ever travels to the magical dimension of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past; a past which he has always kept hidden from her. But in her quest to cure Damen, Ever discovers an ancient text that details the workings of time. Now Ever must chose between turning back the past and saving her family from the accident that claimed their lives—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows sicker every day...

Nightshade


Nightshade (Nightshade, #1)
Nightshade


Series: Nightshade, #1
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA Fantasy Romance
Publication Date: October 19, 2010

Overall Rating: 4/5
Cover Rating: 5/5
Cover Comments: Gorgeous cover! Love the golden eyes, and the flowers, and the model's make up is just so pretty! And it's purple. Hahaha! I love purple.




Calla Tor has her future all set out in front of her: she'll graduate from high school and become the mate of alpha wolf Renier Laroche, when they'll rule their new pack and protect and obey their Keepers. Everything seems perfect, until she meets Shay Doran, a human boy who seems to be much more involved in her world than any other human. 


I love Calla. She's not your usual weak, shy girl that depends on a guy to fight for her. She's also an alpha wolf, and she can fight just as well as any guy. While she can handle just about any physical situation, internal conflicts prove a little more difficult. An intense love triangle blossoms between her and Ren, the hot and sexy werewolf, and witty, fun Shay, who is like a breath of fresh air for her. These two boys will attract you in their own ways, leaving you torn between them just like the protagonist. As her union with Ren is fast approaching, Calla finds herself unable to decide: fulfill her destiny with Ren, or freedom with Shay? 


Alongside the romance in this novel you have the mystery and suspense that surrounds the entire werewolf population which is not evident to all the wolves, but definitely to Shay and Calla. The Keepers and the Guardians seem to have all their laws and history set in stone, but as the two unravel more and more of the mystery in the forbidden book, Calla discovers that maybe everything she was told is not really true. 


This book captivates you with the fantastical world Andrea Cremer has created. It's about werewolves, but really they're not even werewolves. It's definitely one of my favorites of the year so far. Nightshade is an amazing, driven book that will keep you up all night and day and make you howl for more. (Haha, see what I did there?)


Personal Thoughts (What I thought as a teen reader, not a reviewer)
This love triangle killed me. After much debate (with others and myself), I just couldn't decide: Ren or Shay?!? Yes, I know I do tend to fall for the dark, mysterious, sexy bad boys, but Shay just stuck his face in mine with his humor and adventure and attractiveness. Sigh. Well, finally, some people managed to convince me in the end that I should be TEAM REN ALL THE WAY. So I hereby proudly pronounce myself Team Renier Laroche. You can't go wrong with such an amazing name, can you? Anyways, if you're still undecided, here's a post that I discovered a couple days ago that just might jumble up your feelings even more. The entire book had me on edge. I stayed up waaaay past my bed time to read it, and even after I put it away I couldn't stop thinking about it. And what do you know, I wake up at FOUR FREAKING O'CLOCK the next morning and finish the whole thing! If you haven't picked this book up yet, GET IT. NOW.


First Line:
"I'd always welcomed war, but in battle my passion rose unbidden."


Favorite/Teaser Quotes:
"I blinked, but I couldn't halt the burning sensation. A pair of tears, hot and unwanted, slid down my cheeks. Bryn's eyes widened. I never cried. Not when anyone could witness it."


"As an alpha I could help my packmates get the things they wanted, but there wasn't anyone who could do the same for me."


"He kissed my forehead and left the room. I fell back against the pillow, not feeling in control of anything, much less like anyone's boss. My lips still tingled from Ren's kiss, but when I closed my eyes, only Shay's face was there."


"'Fine,' he said, taking my arm. "Try not to do that again. I don't like to see another man touch you.' Another man? Ren had pointedly been referring to Shay as 'that kid' since we'd first met him. Jealousy really was eating at the alpha."


"'Do you love him?' His eyes searched mine. 'Don't ask me that,' I said, lips still burning from my confession to Shay, now stinging with this deceit. 'This isn't about love. It's about survival.' 'No, Calla." His voice became hushed. 'This is only about love.'"


"From behind me, I heard the lone cry of a wolf. The howl echoed as it rose toward the full moon, a sound full of agony and irreparable loss."


Goodreads Synopsis: 
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything— including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Evermore

Evermore (The Immortals, #1)
Evermore


Series: The Immortals, #1
Author: Alyson Noel
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: February 3, 2009

Overall Rating: 4/5
Cover Rating: 4/5
Cover Comments: This cover is so pretty! If you've read the book, you understand the meaning of the tulips on the front. As most of you probably know, I'm also "colorist." I love purple. And this cover is purple.




Ever is a girl who's not normal. She can hear people's thoughts, speak to ghosts, see auras, and read people's entire life stories. Oh, and she's already died before, along with the rest of her family. Which was her fault. 


Now comes in a gorgeous, sexy, mysterious guy who can do just about everything and has been just about everywhere. And Ever has the feeling she's met him before. One touch of his silences everybody else's thoughts and sends tingles and warmth all over her. Nobody else can do that. 


While Damen is part of her school life, at home, Ever lives with her rich lawyer aunt and is visited by her dead sister, Riley. Riley died at thirteen and is now back to live her life through Ever. It's tragic, but sometimes I couldn't understand how Ever enjoyed Riley's presence so much if all they seemed to do was argue or if Ever complained about her sister's clothes which were hers.


Fans of Twilight will definitely enjoy this one. This book was well written, and the characters were relatable. Every story needs a goth (Haven) and a popular, mean girl (Stacia). Plus the sarcastic best friend, who in this case, is also gay (Miles). Noel's writing style is skilled with its descriptive scenes and vivid pictures and I enjoyed how Ever narrated the story. Her slight stalker-ish behavior was a little old, but she was funny and seemed like someone who could be my best friend. There were some cliches and just some plot lines that seemed "same old, same old." Still, this was a fast read that I loved and left me wanting more, so I checked out Blue Moon the next day and finished it! 


Personal Thoughts (What I thought as a teen reader, not reviewer)
I actually really, really liked this book. Frankly, I don't care about "cliches" and such. For crying out loud, cliche is a cliche. I'm not a huge fan of Twilight (It was ok...) but I enjoyed this one. Sacrificed some of my good sleep for it. I fell in love with Damen. Ok, so he seemed like a bit of a jerk sometimes, but he's also the bad boy type and we all know how much I love bad boys. :)


First Line: 
"Guess who?"


Favorite/Teaser Quotes: 
"I had what they call an NDE, or 'near death experience.' Only they happen to be wrong. Because believe me, there wasn't anything 'near' about it."


"'Don't follow me, Ever.' And the way he says it makes me wonder if he said, Don't follow me ever, or Don't follow me, Ever. But either way, it means the same thing."


"I watch as she advances on me, smiling in anticipation, knowing my end is near."


"'Only love heals. Anger, guilt, and fear can only destroy and separate you from your true capabilities.'"


Goodreads Synopsis:
Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch.   Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste… 

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition.  He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets.  Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head.  She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is.  Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

Solid


Solid


Series: Solid, #1
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA Science Fiction
Publication Date: July 9, 2010

Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Cover Rating: 3/5
Cover Comments: Quite simple, but I like the color and that one picture gives an idea of what the book is about.




This book is different and new, just like the kids in this book. When I first heard about the book, I thought of James Patterson's Maximum Ride series, one of my favorites. It's actually not that similar, other than the fact that the kids feel like "freaks" as compared to ordinary people. One hundred kids have been genetically altered by one mad scientist, but they don't know the exact effects. The military has taken hold of these kids and put them at a camp where they can study the 100 kids who have no idea something weird is going on inside them.


Eighteen-year old Clio feels like she always stands out from everybody. Her father died early and her mother, being an author, travels around all the time, so she moves around with her. She finally starts finding her own place at the military camp, where she meets Jack, Garrett, Bliss, and Miranda. They bond and work together to find out the reason they are at the camp and what the military wants. Their entire life has been shrouded in mystery and now they want some answers. They're even willing to break into secret files to get some. 


You can relate to each character and they're fun, adventurous, and make jokes just like normal people. Unlike many recent YA books, this one does not center around romance, even though there are a few romantic moments. I love Clio's humor and snarky comments, and also the pop culture references used. Jack seems like an amazing guy and I'm really glad he and Clio are together. He's such a sweet, sweet person. At first I excepted the novel to be entirely about them discovering certain abilities and developing them, but really the book is just about their life at the camp. It seems like they're just a bunch of kids at a summer camp, not a military camp. 


The ending sped by and completely surprised me. This book was fast-paced and an enjoyable read. It has definite potential and I'll love watching the characters grow and develop. I can't wait to get the next one, Settling


First Line:
"As per his nighttime routine, he checked the security panel to ensure that the system would alter him of an intrusions on the perimeter he'd set around the lab."


Goodreads Synopsis:
Teens who discover they were secretly genetically altered before birth are brought together at a classified site where they forge new friendships, find love, develop "super-abilities," and even unearth a conspiracy.

On My Wishlist/In My Mailbox Mash-up (6)

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too.

In My Mailbox is a meme designed by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie to promote blogger interaction and put new books on the radar.

This week I received:

Blue Moon (The Immortals, #2)
Blue Moon (Immortals, #2) 
By Alyson Noel

Revolution
By Jennifer Donnelly

Sword Play (The Seer, #4)
Sword Play (The Seer, #4)
By Linda Joy Singleton

Fatal Charm (The Seer, #5)
Fatal Charm (The Seer, #5)
By Linda Joy Singleton

Shadowland (The Immortals, #3)
Shadowland (The Immortals, #3)
By Alyson Noel

Books I'm wishing for:
The Eternal Ones (Eternal Ones, #1)
The Eternal Ones (Eternal Ones, #1)
By Kirsten Miller

Before I Fall
By Lauren Oliver

Firelight (Firelight, #1)
Firelight (Firelight, #1)
By Sophie Jordan

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
By James Dashner

In truth, I actually want every single book that I want to read, but I can't exactly list 100 books on this. Here's my full list on Goodreads.

Lovely Blog Award

Aw... thank you to Carina at Dystopian Desserts for this award! Be sure to check out her blog! 

To accept the awards, I have to follow some rules:
1. Thank the person who gave them to you and link back to their blog
2. Post 7 random facts about yourself
3. Pick 15 other blogs to pass the award onto

My facts: 
1. My favorite colors are blue, purple, and silver.
2. I'm taller than most people in my grade. But younger than them. Sigh.
3. I'm scared of heights.
4. I do not like anything horror. Movies, books, Halloween...
5. Libraries and museums scare me because they're so quiet. I feel like any noise I make will be heard and seen by all. That's why I usually just grab the book and go.
6. I love dogs. Cats? Ew. Too hissy. But, my favorite animal is the lion. So I like big cats. Not small ones.
7. My favorite Disney movie of all-time is Mulan. Surprise, surprise, huh?

And now this award goes to these lovely blogs...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Follow Friday and The Book Blogger Hop (8)

Yay!! It's Friday! TGIF, much? This week has been crazy. Busy, busy work. Plus lots of books read and reviews to write... get ready for a bombardment of posts. I have a lot reviews to write before the end of this month. :)


It's Follow Friday and The Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Parajunkee and Crazy for Books (respectively)! Please comment and link your blog! I'd love to check it out!



This week's question is: 

Share your current fav television show! Tell us a bit about it...

GLEE. GLEE GLEE GLEE GLEE. Heehee, I think you get the idea! I love Glee! Remember the High School Musical (Yeach.) fad a couple of years ago with all the little girls and boys who loved Disney? Glee is like that. ONLY WAY, WAY BETTER. So, you got this Glee club at a high school, and they're all part of the "minorities" of the school. The gay kids, the kids in wheelchairs, the fat kids, the juvies, the pregnant girls, the Asians... and anybody who USED to be popular that joins the Glee club is now at the bottom of the high school hierarchy, whether you were the star quarterback or the hottest cheerleader. I love this show because it's just so funny and I love all their songs and dances and it teaches you a couple of life lessons, too. Oh, Sue Sylvester is downright hilarious. 

By the way, I am FOUR EPISODES BEHIND on Glee, SO DON'T TELL ME ANYTHING!

Only one of the best songs ever on Glee: 



This week's question is:

Do you ever wish you would have named your blog something different?

Yes. Definitely, yes. I'm not a very creative person, and really I just took the first name that came in my head. And even then it wasn't very original. I got it from my friend who posted their "Info" on Facebook as something about how they "iLive, iLaugh, iLove" something or something like that. Yeah. Plagiarism, I know. I'm sure they didn't come up with that themselves, either! 

This week in review:
-Review: Ash by Malinda Lo
-Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
-Reviews coming up: Solid by Shelley Workinger, Evermore by Alyson Noel, Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
-Teaser Tuesday: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
-Waiting on Wednesday: The Iron Knight

So, for those of you that have been keeping up on Twitter and the blog, you'll know I was freaking out this week about this oral interpretation I had to do. Well, I finally decided on the last chapter of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I thought I was doing pretty well, but I went over the time limit and got rudely interrupted. Sigh.

Have a great weekend! Happy reading!

P.S. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and friend me on Goodreads! And check out my Facebook page! :) 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (8)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blogging event hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.








I just finished The Iron Queen this week, and I LOVED IT. LOVED LOVED LOVED. If you have not already, please check out my review if you have the time! :) So obviously, The Iron Knight is going to be on this week's WoW. I can't wait!!!


The Iron Knight (no cover available)
Iron Fey, #4
By Julie Kagawa
Publication Date: November 2011

Keep up with the upcoming book by following:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

HELP!!!

Hey guys,


Ok, so I don't have much time to work on this, because I have homework to do, but there's a little bit of homework that I need YOU GUYS to help me with. In speech class we are doing this oral interpretation, and we're supposed to bring in a book to share with everybody. This can be absolutely any book we want, from children's books to classics to contemporary. I want to bring in a more contemporary young adult novel (after all, that is what I blog about), but I can't decide what to bring in. Please help me choose! I have a list following this. The time limit for the presentation is 5-8 minutes. Also, if you have any ideas, please tell me what excerpt/scene I should read! The cut should not leave you hanging. Even though that is the type of teaser I would do, this isn't really a teaser. We have to represent the entire book.


This is due tomorrow! No, I was not procrastinating. :) I just got the assignment today!


Please help me!! Thanks. :D

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • MAX, Fang by James Patterson
  • Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
  • Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  • Evermore, Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
I have some other books, so if you have another idea let me know. I just might happen to have the book. ;)


**Update: Turns out I hate till the day after tomorrow. :) That's February 24. 

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